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Gene Starzenski

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Documentary Producer and Director

Local Address: California, United States
Freedom House Enterprises Inc
 
Background

Employment History

  • Paramedic - Training Program
    Freedom House Enterprises Inc
  • Decorated Soldier and Military Police Officer
    U.S. Marine Corps
  • Emergency Room Orderly
    Southside Hospital

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Freedom House Enterprises Inc
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Web References
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www.freedomhousedoc.com, 25 Jan 2015 [cached]
Gene Starzenski
Freedom House Documentary Producer/Director
Over the last forty years, Gene Starzenski has served as a Medical Advisor and Medic on hundreds of television shows as well as 50 films, including The Dark Knight Rises, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Pearl Harbor, Jaws 2, and many many more. He began his medical career in 1971 in Pittsburgh after serving as a decorated soldier and Military Police Officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. Raised in Pittsburgh by a Japanese mother and Polish father, Gene had intimate knowledge of the problems of being Bi-racial in the 1960's. After his service ended in 1970, he returned to Pittsburgh to work in private ambulance service. It was here that he first became aware of Freedom House. In 1972, Gene was hired by Southside Hospital as an Emergency Room Orderly. Later, he became an ER Technician, and along with a doctor, RN, and a nursing aid, would treat approximately 70 patients each shift. Due to the heavy work load in the Emergency Room Gene was given the opportunity to perform medical procedures outside his job category. Gene discovered that he was well suited and capable of handling Emergency procedures and wanted to do more. Gene contacted Freedom House, as it was the only paramedic program in Pittsburgh. Freedom House had no positions opened. Having knowledge about a paramedic-training program in California, Gene moved to California and in 1975 graduated from Daniel Freedom Paramedic Training and became certified by Los Angeles County as the 972nd Paramedic. A year later, while working at the Inglewood Fire Station #3, he met Julius Lafore, who was a firefighter and stuntman. He encouraged Gene to become a Studio Medic. Gene did so in 1977, going on to work on hundreds of television shows and films.
Biographies
www.freedomhousedoc.com, 26 Nov 2007 [cached]
Gene Starzenski
Over the last twenty-five years, Gene Starzenski has served as a Medical Advisor and Medic on hundreds of television shows as well as 30 films, including Jaws2, Pearl Harbor, and Gone In 60 Seconds.He began his medical career in 1971 in Pittsburgh after serving as a decorated soldier and Military Police Officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Raised in Pittsburgh by a Japanese mother and Polish father, Gene had intimate knowledge of the problems of being BI-racial in the 1960's.After his service ended in 1970, he returned to Pittsburgh to work in private ambulance service.It was here that he first became aware of Freedom House
In 1972, Gene was hired by Southside Hospital as an Emergency Room Orderly.Later, he became an ER Technician, and along with a doctor, RN, and a nursing aid, would treat approximately 70 patients each shift.Due to the heavy work load in the Emergency Room Gene was given the opportunity to perform medical procedures outside his job category.Gene discovered that he was well suited and capable of handling Emergency procedures and wanted to do more.
Gene contacted Freedom House, as it was the only paramedic program in Pittsburgh.Freedom House had no positions opened.Having knowledge about a paramedic-training program in California, Gene moved to California and in 1975 graduated from Daniel Freedom Paramedic Training and became certified by Los Angeles County as the 972nd Paramedic.
A year later, while working at the Inglewood Fire Station #3, he met Julius Lafor, who was a firefighter and stuntman.He encouraged Gene to become a Studio Medic.Gene did so in 1977, going on to work on hundreds of television shows and films.
Gene Starzenski Over ...
www.freedomhousedoc.com, 20 Nov 2014 [cached]
Gene Starzenski Over the last forty years, Gene Starzenski has served as a Medical Advisor and Medic on hundreds of television shows as well as 50 films, including The Dark Knight Rises, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Pearl Harbor, Jaws 2, and many many more. He began his medical career in 1971 in Pittsburgh after serving as a decorated soldier and Military Police Officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. Raised in Pittsburgh by a Japanese mother and Polish father, Gene had intimate knowledge of the problems of being Bi-racial in the 1960's. After his service ended in 1970, he returned to Pittsburgh to work in private ambulance service. It was here that he first became aware of Freedom House. In 1972, Gene was hired by Southside Hospital as an Emergency Room Orderly. Later, he became an ER Technician, and along with a doctor, RN, and a nursing aid, would treat approximately 70 patients each shift. Due to the heavy work load in the Emergency Room Gene was given the opportunity to perform medical procedures outside his job category. Gene discovered that he was well suited and capable of handling Emergency procedures and wanted to do more. Gene contacted Freedom House, as it was the only paramedic program in Pittsburgh. Freedom House had no positions opened. Having knowledge about a paramedic-training program in California, Gene moved to California and in 1975 graduated from Daniel Freedom Paramedic Training and became certified by Los Angeles County as the 972nd Paramedic. A year later, while working at the Inglewood Fire Station #3, he met Julius Lafore, who was a firefighter and stuntman. He encouraged Gene to become a Studio Medic. Gene did so in 1977, going on to work on hundreds of television shows and films.
April 2012 a special event showing ...
www.freedomhousedoc.com, 1 Mar 2013 [cached]
April 2012 a special event showing in the city of St Paul, MN renaming Firehouse 51 to Freedom House also awarded proclamation from the city of St. Paul, Gene Starzenski was awarded
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Special note from Producer/Director - Gene Starzenski
In 2009 when the "Freedom House Street Savior's" documentary was completed, it was submitted to numerous white run film festivals.
When Gene Starzenski got out ...
www.everymedic.com [cached]
When Gene Starzenski got out of the Marines in 1970, he went home to Pittsburgh, where he worked as an emergency room orderly, and later an ER technician. He wanted to do more, and the only paramedic program available locally was at Freedom House. He applied, but there were no openings. He moved to California, and in 1975 was certified as the 972nd paramedic in Los Angeles County. Due to his location, Starzenski ended up working for film studios as a paramedic on TV and movie sets. After retiring, he wanted to learn more about the history of his profession, and was shocked that Freedom House was never mentioned. Yet he knew they had been pioneers: he had seen them while working in Pittsburgh emergency rooms.
With the original Freedom House paramedics growing older and starting to die off, Starzenski had to work fast.
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In 2009, Starzenski completed a documentary, Freedom House: Street Saviors, to tell the story.
Quick Review
Starzenski showed his documentary at the Colorado State EMS Conference in Keystone, Colo., this weekend, and brought along two of the original Freedom House paramedics to answer questions. They got a warm and enthusiastic response, even though few in the room had ever heard of Freedom House.
Starzenski is a now-retired studio medic, not a professional film director.
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"Young people look at athletes with $30 million contracts as their heroes, but athletes and actors are not the real heroes," Starzenski said.
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Starzenski won't release it on the Internet, since then it will be pirated and he'll have no chance of getting distribution or recover his investment to make the film.
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